Review of Lidl Sweet Popcorn

Popcorn is often a safe dairy free treat for me to enjoy and can make a nice change for a treat to enjoy on the go as a sweet treat. So on a recent trip to Lidl I fancied some popcorn and grabbed a packet of their sweet popcorn to try.

I really didn’t like the packaging of this popcorn. I personally found it too busy with the red cinema movie theme, black film roll and pieces of popcorn. On the back of the packaging it is clearly labelled as being suitable for vegans. Onto the ingredients list to maize, sugar and oleic sunflower oil are listed. No allergens are listed and there is a no may contain warning.

On opening the bag I was greeted by a faint sweet aroma. I did my usual close sniff up test and this didn’t change. On closer inspection inside the bag the popcorn looked like even sized pieces of the popcorn with an intermittent sweet coating. This was a positive to me as I didn’t want my popcorn to be too sweet. On biting into the popcorn I immediately got the taste of plain popcorn this was preceded by a very intermittent sweetness which was  a little disappointing. The texture of the popcorn was also a tad disappointing. I was hoping for a combination of textures with a slight subtle crunch from the sweet coating. This just wasn’t present nor was light airy softness that I expect from popcorn.  Very disappointing if I’m honest.

So would I recommend this popcorn? I’m afraid not. I really didn’t like anything about this popcorn from its busy style packaging, through to its flavour and textures. Sorry Lidl but this popcorn really wasn’t for me.

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Review of Tyrrell’s Poshcorn Sweet & Salty Popcorn

Now I have to confess to being a popcorn addict. It is often a safe dairy free treat for me to enjoy. One of my work colleagues had a leaving lunch and they kindly made sure that there were a few treats that I could enjoy. One of which was Tyrell’s Poshcorn sweet & salty popcorn. Now I felt very humbled that they had made an effort for me but also a little excited as I couldn’t wait to try it.

I loved the pink packaging of this popcorn. With the popcorn looking like they were popping out of the bottom and two ladies laughing to the top of the packet. On the back of the packaging it is clearly labelled as being gluten free and suitable for vegans. On the ingredients list popped corn, sunflower oil, sugar and sea salt are listed. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list and there is no may contain warning.


On opening the bag I was greeted by a slightly sweet aroma. I did my usual close sniff up test and noted subtle undertones of saltines. On closer inspection inside the bag the popcorn looked like random pieces of the popcorn had a coating of sugar. On biting into the popcorn I immediately got a subtle taste of sugar the strength of this was spot on. It gave the popcorn a pleasant taste which wasn’t too sweet. This was then intermingled by the savoury slightly salted popcorn. The combinations of flavours complimented each other perfectly. The texture of the popcorn was just right. I experienced a combination of textures, on the sugary pieces it was slightly crunchy followed by the softness of the salty popcorn.


So would I recommend this flavour of popcorn? Gosh yes I would. I liked everything about this popcorn from its girlie pink packaging, through to its flavour and textures. So if you follow a dairy free, gluten free or a vegan diet why not give this popcorn a try as a treat. So thank you Tyrell’s for producing a nice popcorn that I can enjoy as a treat.

Review of Skinny Pop Popcorn

Popcorn is often a safe dairy free treat for me to enjoy and can make a nice change for a treat to enjoy on the go as an alternative to a packet of crisps. So on my recent adventure across America I popped into Whole Foods and found the aisle with the popcorn in the hope that I could find some that was safe to me to eat. Surprisingly, it was quiet hard to find some that were safe for me to eat. Luckily, I found a multipack of Skinny Pop popcorn that was safe to eat. So I grabbed to have as my savoury snack to enjoy on my travels.
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I loved the simplicity of the packaging of this popcorn with the mini packets of popcorn looking like coming towards you to be eaten. On the front of the packaging it is clearly labelled as being gluten free, and suitable for vegans. On the ingredients list to the popcorn popped maize, sugar and sunflower oil are listed. As I got this popcorn in America the regulations on food labelling is slightly different. The popcorn is labelled to the back of the packaging as being dairy free, peanut free, tree nut free.
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On opening the bag I was greeted by a faint subtle salty aroma. I did my usual close sniff up test and this didn’t change. On closer inspection inside the bag the popcorn looked like even sized pieces of the popcorn which looked plain. This was a positive to me as I didn’t want my popcorn to be too salty. On biting into the popcorn I immediately got the taste of plain popcorn this was preceded by a subtle taste of salt the strength of which was spot on. The texture of the popcorn was just right. I experienced a combination of textures initially it was slightly crunchy followed by a light airy softness of the popcorn. This popcorn was a great safe savoury treat for me to enjoy whilst on my travels. In fact the large multipack didn’t last long. Luckily, I was able to stock up at local convenience stores. I even took some home with me to enjoy on the plane on the way home.
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So would I recommend this flavour of popcorn? Gosh yes I would. I liked everything about this popcorn from its simple packaging, through to its flavour and textures. So if you follow a dairy free, gluten free or a vegan diet why not give this popcorn a try as a savoury treat. So thank you Skinny Pop for producing a nice popcorn I can enjoy as a treat. I shall be buying some more of your popcorn on my next visit to America.

Review of co-op loved by us sweet popcorn

Now I have to confess to being a popcorn addict. It is often a safe dairy free treat for me to enjoy. I have had a bit of a sweet tooth lately. Whilst queueing at my local co-op I saw their loved by us sweet popcorn. So I grabbed a packet on the of chance that I could have it. This may sound bonkers but I knew that my other half would eat it if it was not safe for me.
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I loved the pink packaging of this popcorn with the popcorn looking like they were popping out of top of a box. On the front of the packaging it is clearly labelled as being suitable for vegans. On the ingredients list to the popcorn popped maize, sugar and sunflower oil are listed. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list and there is no may contain warning.
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On opening the bag I was greeted by a slightly artificially sweet aroma. I did my usual close sniff up test and this didn’t change. On closer inspection inside the bag the popcorn looked like random pieces of the popcorn had a coating of sugar. On biting into the popcorn I immediately got a subtle taste of sugar the strength of this was spot on. It gave the popcorn a pleasant taste which wasn’t too sweet as not all the popcorn had a sweet coating. I personally think that if all of the popcorn had been coated it would have been to sickly. The texture of the popcorn was just right. I experienced a combination of textures, on the sugary pieces it was slightly hard and crunchy followed by the softness of the popcorn. This was intermingled with the slightly crunchy then soft texture that I expect to get from popcorn. This popcorn was a great to treat to eat whilst enjoying a film at home.
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So would I recommend this flavour of popcorn? Gosh yes I would. It may not be the healthiest popcorn I have had, but who cares it was nice to have a sweet treat to enjoy. I liked everything about this popcorn from its girlie pink packaging, through to its flavour and textures. So if you follow a dairy free or vegan diet why not give this popcorn a try as a sweet treat. So thank you co-op for producing a nice popcorn I can enjoy as a treat.

Review of Marks & Spencer Fizzy Fangtastic Popcorn

The other day I popped into a local Marks & Spencer and I accidently found myself in their food hall. On entering the food hall I saw their Halloween display full of treats. Initially I thought that there was no point at looking any further because I wouldn’t be able to eat any of it. I then spotted a few packets of popcorn and decided to have a quick look just in case I could have it. To my utter surprise it was clearly labelled as being gluten free and suitable for vegans on the front of the packaging. It was therefore suitable for dairy free me so I just grabbed a packet to take home to try.
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I loved the bright orange packaging of this popcorn with the popcorn looking like they were popping out of cauldron. Onto the ingredients list soya is highlighted in bold as an allergen in the ingredients list. It is labelled as not being suitable for nut allergy suffers due to the manufacturing process.
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On opening the bag I was greeted by an artificially sweet orange aroma. I did my usual close sniff up test and this didn’t change. To be fair this didn’t put me of as I was expecting this. On closer inspection inside the bag the popcorn looked like random pieces of the popcorn had a coating of sugar. On biting into the popcorn I immediately got a subtle citrusy taste of orange the strength of this was slightly strong for my personal taste. This was intermingled with what I though was pieces of sugar coated popcorn which actually turned out to be sharp and slightly sour. This was a surprise and broke down the citrus flavouring nicely. The texture of the popcorn was just right. I experienced a combination of textures the sour pieces were slightly hard and crunchy followed by the softness of the popcorn. This was intermingled with the slightly crunchy then soft texture that I got from the rest of the popcorn.
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So would I recommend this Halloween themed popcorn? Gosh yes I would. It may not be the healthiest popcorn I have had, but who cares it just nice to have a sweet treat to enjoy at Halloween. I liked everything about this popcorn from its packaging, through to its flavour and textures. All I would suggest is that you only need a small portion as its flavour can be a little strong. So please take this into account if you get this for any children. There is also a note on the packaging stating it is not recommended for children under 36 months. So if you follow a dairy free, gluten free or follow a vegan diet why not give this popcorn a try as a Halloween treat. So thank you Marks & Spencer for producing a nice popcorn I can enjoy.

Review of Tyrrell’s Poshcorn Sea Salted Popcorn

Now I have to confess to being a popcorn addict as it makes a great alternative to a packet of crisps. It is also often a safe dairy free treat for me to enjoy. I have had a bit of a sweet tooth lately and have been enjoying a variety of sweet popcorns. So I decided I best find a new savoury popcorn to enjoy. Whilst in the queue at my local co-op I saw some Tyrrell’s Poshcorn in a couple of flavours. So I grabbed the sea salted flavour. I didn’t have time to check the ingredients but I knew that my other half would eat it if it was not safe for me. I decided to take it to work to have as a savoury mid morning snack.
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I liked the packaging of this popcorn from the light blue colouring with the popcorn looking like they were popping out of the bottom of the bag. On the back of the packaging it is clearly labelled as being gluten free and suitable for vegans. The ingredients listed are popped corn, sunflower oil and sea salt. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list.
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On opening the bag I was greeted by the typical aroma of plain popcorn, sorry I find this a tad difficult to describe. Intermingled with this was a subtle aroma of salt. I did my usual close sniff up test and this didn’t change. On closer inspection inside the bag the popcorn looked like a simple plain popcorn there was no obvious coating of salt. This was a bonus for me personally as I had worried that I may find the popcorn fairly heavily coated in salt and this was not the case. On biting into the popcorn I immediately got a subtle taste of salt, the strength of this was spot on. It gave the popcorn a pleasant taste and stopped it from being plain and boring. As for the texture of this was a massive disappointment. There was no crunchiness noted, it was slightly soft as if it was stale. The popcorn packet was in date and sealed so I can’t blame this. I was unable to continue eating this popcorn and it went straight in the bin. My mid morning snack was not a success, luckily I had one of my Nature Valley cereal bars as a backup.
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So would I recommend this flavour of popcorn, I’m afraid not. I liked the subtle saltines flavour to this popcorn but its texture just simply let it down. Sorry Tyrrell’s but this popcorn just wasn’t for me. So my hunt now continues to find other savoury popcorn to try.

Review of nom salted maple popcorn

Now I have to confess to being a bit of a popcorn addict. Popcorn that is dairy free is fairly easy to find and makes for a nice sweet treat for me to enjoy. The only problem is that it is often gluten free as well which means I have to share it with my mum. I am always looking out for new brands and flavours of popcorn to try. I recently reviewed a nom bar which I really enjoyed so when I discovered that they made popcorn I just had to give it a try. I personally like sweet and savoury popcorn and choose their equivalent which was salted maple flavour.
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I loved the packaging of this popcorn from the bright vibrant pink colour through to the cascading popcorn to the side at the font of the packet. The popcorn is clearly labelled as being gluten and dairy free and suitable for vegans. It is also labelled as being organic, having no refined sugars and being high in fibre. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list but there is a warning that the popcorn is made in an environment where nuts are occasionally handled.
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On opening the bag I was greeted by a subtle aroma of both sweetness from the maple syrup and saltines from the Himalayan salt. I did my usual close sniff up test and this didn’t change. On closer inspection inside the bag the popcorn seemed to contain two types of popcorn, the savoury which was a pale cream colour and the sweet which was a darker caramel colour. The caramel coloured popcorn seemed to be a piece of popcorn fully encased in the maple syrup with many of the these popcorn pieces being smaller in size. I grabbed a couple of pieces of popcorn at random from the bag. On biting into the popcorn I immediately got the saltness this was nice as it was just right balance of this flavouring. I had several pieces of the salty before I stumbled across a sweet one. I was a tad disappointed by this if I am honest as I had hoped for an even distribution of both flavours of popcorn. Gosh the sweet part of this popcorn was very sweet in fact too sweet but that said they complimented the savoury part nicely. I think it because there were less sweet pieces the saltines made the popcorn coated in maple syrup stand out more. The flavours worked really well together only if you ensured that you were trying both flavours together. I found that if I had the maple syrup popcorn by itself it was far to sweet for me. As for the texture of this popcorn it was like I was eating two different popcorns the salty pieces light an airy, whist the sweet pieces were slightly hard and crunchy. Both textures complimented each other well.
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So would I recommend this flavour of Nom popcorn, probably not. It’s a tough one if I am honest. It is great to have another sweet and savoury flavour of popcorn available that is safe for me to eat. I like the fact it is organic and refined sugar free making it a healthier snack to enjoy. What I was disappointed with was that the sweeter pieces of the popcorn mainly seemed to be smaller in size and encased in too much maple syrup this made them very sweet if eaten alone. There was also less of these in the packet I personally think that if there more pieces which were not so heavily coated in the maple syrup it might lead to a more balanced eating experience. If I had this popcorn again instead of just diving into the bag I would try to ensure that I have a more even mix of both flavours. To me this takes the fun out of eating the popcorn. So if you follow a dairy free, gluten free, refined sugar free, or a vegan diet than I wouldn’t recommend that you give this popcorn a try. Sorry nom but this was popcorn on this particular occasion just wasn’t for me.